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Plan your next trip with eDreams!

At eDreams we know a thing or two about travel. We work with over 660 airlines in 42 different countries to offer trips suited to any taste. To help you get ready for your next trip, we’ve compiled this complete list of travel tips to help you prepare.

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Travel means preparation. You probably have a lot of questions about what you need to do before you leave. Questions such as: Do I need a visa? Am I covered if my property is stolen abroad? Is my driving licence valid abroad? Do I need vaccinations? How do I get treatment abroad? What type of accommodation should I choose? What means of transport should I use? Read on for all the answers to your travel questions!

Travel Documents

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What travel documents do I need?

If you are from the Schengen Area and plan to travel within it, you can choose to use either your identity card or passport. For other countries (including if you’re from the UK), it is necessary to travel with your passport. Therefore, if you do not have a passport, you will need to apply for one. Applying for a passport can take up to 6 weeks depending on your nationality, so don’t leave it too late!

What visa do I need for travelling abroad?

Each country has its own rules regarding visas. Check whether you need a visa or not below.

eDreams advises you to contact the administration in charge with travel in foreign countries to find the most up to date information about the formalities on a country-by-country basis. The time needed to apply for a visa ranges from 48 hours to 4 weeks, so make sure you leave plenty of time to get the necessary paperwork.

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Visa requirements by continent

North America

UK passport: A Visa is required to visit Canada, USA, Puerto Rico and The U.S. Virgin Islands. However, no Visa is needed to visit St Vincent and the Grenadines, The West Indies and Dominica.

EU passport: A Visa is required to visit Canada, USA, Puerto Rico and The U.S. Virgin Islands. However, no Visa is needed to visit St Vincent and the Grenadines, The West Indies and Dominica.

 

Central America & Caribbean

UK passport: No Visa is required to visit most countries in Central America & The Caribbean, except for Belize, Cuba and The Dominican Republic, where a Visa is required.

EU passport: Visa’s aren’t required to visit most countries in Central America & The Caribbean, except for Belize, Cuba and The Dominican Republic, where a Visa is required.

 

Asia

UK passport: A Visa is required to visit most Asian countries. Exceptions include Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore.

EU passport: A Visa is required to visit most Asian countries. Exceptions include Timor-Leste, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. Some Schengen passport holders do not need a Visa to visit Vietnam.

 

Africa

UK passport: A Visa is required to visit many African countries. Exceptions include Botswana, Gambia, Lesotho, Morocco, Reunion Island, Mauritius, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland and Tunisia.

EU passport: A Visa is required to visit many African countries. Exceptions include Botswana, Morocco, Reunion Island, Mauritius, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland and Tunisia.

 

Europe

UK passport: No Visa is required to visit all European countries except Belarus, Russia and Turkey

EU passport: No Visa is required to visit all European countries except Belarus and Russia. Some Schengen passport holders will need a Visa to visit Turkey.

 

Middle East

UK passport: A Visa is required to visit most Middle Eastern countries. Exceptions include Israel, Kyrgyzstan and Serbia

EU passport: A Visa is required to visit most Middle Eastern countries. Exceptions include United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kyrgyzstan and Serbia

 

South America

UK passport: A Visa is required to visit Bolivia, Peru and Venezuela. Most other South American countries do not require a Visa.

EU passport: A Visa is required to visit Bolivia, Suriname and Venezuela. Most other South American countries do not require a Visa.

 

Oceania

UK passport: A Visa is required to visit Australia, New Zealand, Guam, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. For most other countries in Oceania, a Visa is not required.

EU passport: A Visa is required to visit Australia, New Zealand, Guam, Papua New Guinea and Samoa. For most other countries in Oceania, a Visa is not required.

 

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Is my driving license valid abroad?

 If you carry a full UK or EU driving license, it is valid within the UK or other EU countries. Just make sure it hasn’t expired or is not about to expire.

However, to drive in many countries outside the EU you’ll need an International Driving Permit (IDP). Check the validity of your license in the different countries below. For long stays the situation may differ.

 

Driving license validity by continent

Europe

A UK driving license is valid throughout Europe. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, you may need an International Driving Permit (IDP) for long stays.

European driving licenses are valid throughout Europe.

 

South America

For driving in South America, the best option is to get an Inter-American Driving Permit (IADP) which is recognised in all South American countries. Some countries like Brazil and Uruguay only recognise the IADP, and not the IDP.

 

Middle East

Your UK or EU license is valid in the United Arab Emirates, Israel and Saudi Arabia. An IDP is needed for driving in Turkey, Qatar, Lebanon and most other Middle Eastern countries.

 

Oceania

For most countries in Oceania, including Australia and New Zealand, your UK or EU driving license is valid for visits of up to 1 year.

Asia

Your UK or EU license is valid in the Philippines, Bahrain (except for car hire) and Singapore (except for car hire). For most other Asian countries you’ll also need an IDP. In Sri Lanka, as well as an IDP you’ll need a Sri Lankan recognition permit from the Automobile Association of Ceylon (AAC) in Colombo.

 

Africa

Your UK or EU license is valid in Botswana (with the exception of rental cars), Kenya, Malawi and Uganda. For most other countries in Africa you will need an IDP.

Central & South America

To drive in most countries in Central America you will need an Inter-American Driving Permit (IADP) as well as your UK or EU driving license. 

Caribbean

Your UK or EU driving license is valid in the Bahamas, Dominican Republic,Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, St.Lucia and St. Vincent. For some other Caribbean countries, you will need an IDP

Health care abroad

Vaccinations

What vaccines do I need for travelling abroad? Are some vaccinations mandatory? 

  • If you’re planning a trip abroad, you may need to get vaccines before you travel to protect you against diseases. The most common vaccines protect against infections such as Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria and Typhoid. For visiting most countries in Europe you won’t need any vaccines, whereas visits to countries such as Indonesia, Brazil or India require a number of different vaccinations before you travel.
  • Before your departure date, make sure that you are up to date with the vaccinations recommended in your country
  • Ask your doctor about recommended and mandatory vaccinations. Take care of this in advance, ideally two months before you leave.
  • Check the table below that eDreams has compiled for you. Get all the details on which vaccines you need for the country you’re visiting.

Medical Treatment

How do I get medical treatment abroad? Am I covered by my health insurance when travelling? 

  • You can find doctors and hospitals in most major cities. It is always advisable to research where and how to get medical care in the country you’re visiting before you travel.

  • If you’re from Europe and travelling within Europe, apply for a free European Health Insurance Card to cover you for most medical emergencies.

  • If you have private health insurance in your home country, be aware that you might not be covered while travelling abroad. Always check with your provider about how to remain covered when travelling.

  • If you plan to travel to remote places, make sure you always have a first aid kit and a charged phone with you. Memorize the number of emergency services in the country.

 

Medication

Can I carry medication in my luggage? Can I find medication abroad?
eDreams explains.

  • Medication prescriptions and medical items (including pills, hypodermic syringes, inhalers and syrups) are usually allowed on-board, provided the container they are in does not exceed 100ml.

  • In some cases you will be able to take medication that exceeds 100ml on-board with you, if you have a doctor’s note.

  • A prescription issued by a doctor within the European Union is valid in all other EU countries.

  • Always bring enough medication to last your entire trip, and some spares, in case you need to extend your trip for any reason. Your particular medication may not be available in the country you’re visiting, or may be under another name and hard to find.

  • Always carry prescription medication in your hand luggage, not in the hold. You don’t want to be left without your medication should your bag go missing or be delayed.

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Vaccine recommendations by continent

Europe

Albania, Moldova, Serbia
Tetanus
Kosovo
Hepatitis A
Latvia
Diphtheria; Tetanus
Ukraine
Diphtheria; Poliomyelitis; Tetanus
Other European Countries
None

Caucasus

Armenia
Hepatitis A; Tetanus
Azerbaijan
Tetanus
Georgia
Hepatitis A
Russian Federation
Diphtheria; Tetanus

North America

Greenland
Diphtheria
Mexico
Hepatitis A
Other North American countries (including the US, Canada and Bermuda)
None

Central Asia

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Tetanus
Pakistan
Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Poliomyelitis; Tetanus; Typhoid
Afghanistan
Hepatitis A; Poliomyelitis; Tetanus; Typhoid

Central America

Belize
Tetanus
Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama
Hepatitis A
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras
Hepatitis A; Tetanus

South America

Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela
Hepatitis A; Tetanus
Brazil
Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus
Ecuador
Hepatitis A
French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname
Tetanus; Yellow Fever
Paraguay
Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Yellow Fever
Uruguay
Tetanus
Argentina, Chile
None

Middle East

Israel
Poliomyelitis
Iran, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon
Diphtheria and Tetanus
Syria
Hepatitis A; Poliomyelitis; Rabies; Tetanus.
Yemen
Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus
Other Middle Eastern Counties (including Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain)
None

Caribbean

Anguilla
Hepatitis B; Tetanus
Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Tetanus
Haiti
Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus
Other Caribbean countries (including Cuba, Barbados, Bahamas and Puerto Rico)
None

Australasia & Pacific

American Samoa, Christmas Island, Pitcairn
Hepatitis A
Micronesia, Kiribati
Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus
Fiji, Palau, Samoa, Tonga
Tetanus
Marshall Islands, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
Hepatitis A; Tetanus
Papua New Guinea
Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Poliomyelitis; Tetanus
Other Australasia & Pacific countries (including Australia and New Zealand)
None

Africa

Algeria, Réunion
None
Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, Nigeria
Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Poliomyelitis; Tetanus; Yellow Fever.
Benin, Ghana, Togo
Hepatitis A; Poliomyelitis; Tetanus; Yellow Fever
Botswana, Cape Verde, Comoros, Djibouti, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mali, Morocco, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zimbabwe
Hepatitis A; Tetanus
Burkina Faso, Burundi, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia
Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Yellow Fever

Africa

Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia
Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Poliomyelitis; Tetanus
Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda
Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Yellow Fever
Egypt, Mauritius, Mayotte, Seychelles
Tetanus
Eritrea, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Sudan
Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus
Libya
Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; Rabies; Typhoid
South Africa
Diphtheria; Hepatitis A
Zambia
Hepatitis A; Poliomyelitis; Tetanus

East Asia

Bangladesh, India, Nepal
Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid
Bhutan
Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid
Cambodia, Mongolia
Hepatitis A; Tetanus
China
Poliomyelitis
North Korea, Maldives, Sri Lanka
Tetanus
Indonesia, Myanmar
Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Poliomyelitis; Tetanus
Laos, Timor-Leste
Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus
Macao
Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; Rabies; Tetanus
Philippines
Poliomyelitis; Tetanus
Vietnam
Diphtheria; Tetanus
Other Asian countries (including Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand)
None

Transport & car rental

Travel is all about moving around, but it comes with many questions. What’s the best way to get to my destination? What mode of transport should I use once I arrive? Is it better to go by taxi, train, bus, flying carpet? Here’s what we at eDreams have to say about it all…

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Which is the best airline to travel with?

Choosing the best airline for you depends on what you value the most. Is it the cheapest airline? The most direct route? The amenities on board? The most generous baggage allowance? Or something else entirely? At eDreams we work with over 660 airlines to offer you a range of the best options for your desired route, whatever your priorities are.

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Should I travel by bus or train?

To get from A to B, the two most commonly used options are buses and trains. For tight budgets, buses are the most cost-effective solution. Travelling by train generally costs more, but the journeys are quicker and more comfortable. Booking ahead, travelling in groups or travelling during off-peak times can reduce the price of a train ticket.

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Are taxis more expensive when travelling abroad?

The most expensive country in the world to take a taxi is Switzerland, where you can expect to pay 22.68€ / £20.25 for a 5 km taxi ride. In comparison, Egypt offers the cheapest taxi fares in the world, with a 5 km ride setting you back just 0.84€ / £0.75! Considering this, it really depends on the country you’re visiting when deciding if taxis are worth it or not.

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How old do you have to be to rent a car?

It depends on the country you’re renting the car in, but usually the minimum required age for renting a car is 21. Bear in mind that regardless of your age, you’ll need to have a driving license that’s been valid for at least 2 years. Travel at your own pace and explore places off the beaten track when you rent a car!

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The eDreams app: organize your trip in just a few clicks!

Compare flights, book your hotel or rent a car thanks to the eDreams mobile app, which can be downloaded free on iPhone and Android!